Resources – Helpful Links
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Below are some helpful links to a variety of subject matter experts and resources for your convenience.
Portals for mapping, auto travel and all your navigation needs MS MapPoint Map Quest Rand McNally Weather – find out temperature and conditions Chambers of Commerce in top cities across the U.S. Best Places – shares climate profiles, cost-of-living comparisons and crime rate statistics on more than 1,000 cities Mover’s Guide – a cooperative publication between the private sector and the U.S. Postal Service designed to help consumers before, during and after moves Relocation Central provides access to moving information organized by city and categories of interest; plus, National Relocation Directory allows you to search for services in your new town
To research your destination country and its culture:
www.osac.gov Employee Relocation Council, a non-profit, professional, membership organization committed to the effective relocation of employees worldwide Society for Human Resource Management Global Forum WWW.TRACEinternational.org
For the U.S. Department of State travel warnings and travel alerts that can change daily.
This link will help with details about registering in advance with a U.S. Embassy.
- www.erc.org Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
Researching healthcare and medical conditions and how to secure your medical and evaluation insurance are important elements to become familiar with before your relocation from the U.S.:
- www.internationalsos.com (for faculty and staff members)
- www.hthstudents.com (for students studying abroad)
These sites feature an easy to use online mortgage calculation tool.
Check out these sites for valuable information about the real estate market, and when conducting preliminary research about home values. When narrowing your home purchase selection be certain to focus on good school districts, any impending construction or public works that could increase or decrease the value of a property.
Search online, by zip-code, for appraisers. Check out for-sale properties prices from various angles vs. relying only comparable sales prices or ‘comps’ of similar homes in comparable neighborhoods.
Halt up to 80% of junk mail from this site’s Mail Preference Service Registry and click on ‘Remove my name from those lists.’ Online registration is free (or $1 via mail) and good for three years.
For five years after registering on this site, stop preapproved credit offers and potentially reduce risk of identify theft. Or, call its toll-free number 888.567.8688.
To opt out permanently from pre-approved credit offers this website offers a mail-in form.
Buying online greatly contributes to catalog overload. To opt-out just click to this site.
Responsibility for the environment is becoming a way of life and business. Ask your Graebel representative about our eco-friendly processes in place to conserve energy and waste reduction. For eco-friendly ideas for your home or office visit these helpful sites:
With fuel taking a bigger bite out of family budgets, search the Web for lowest pricing using these fuel tools
On the Web
Or with mobile:
Check info from desktop applications:
- www.interdimensionmedia.com/widgets/gas (Mac)
- www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/transportation/gas/html (Mac)
Get paid to recyle! If your computer, cell phone or PDA is in working condition, sites such as these will pay you or give you reward points toward new purchases.
This is where you can find other recycling and certified data destruction companies. According to Metech Recyling, consumers can bring up to five Sony products to any Metech Recyling location, and Sony covers the costs to recycle them in 2011.
Many schools and non-profits often use ‘retired’ gadgets. Many police departments and shelters have cell phone donation bins. These sites helps consumers donate their old cell phones.
www.ReCellular.com www.whoneedsit.us (in metro Denver) HopeLine from Verizon
Or, try online communities connecting donors with recipients to reduce landfill waste and strengthen communities. Here, you will be on a list serve, and you can inform others you have an old computer or TV you no longer want, and
the list serve will be distributed locally, so nothing needs to be shipped.
Another man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Sell your one item or entire home full of stuff virtual. It’s free, unless you upgrade your item listing with photos and with premium page placements.
www.ebay.com www.craigslist.com www.gazelle.com
To find a nearby Goodwill donation site and a tool that will help you calculate the impact of your donation visit:
When it is broken and you cannot reuse it, donate it or recyle sites like these will give you drop-off locations to recyle your e-waste.
Each year, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the modern environmental movement that took place on April 20, 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks, and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. From coast to coast in the U.S. massive rallies took place on that date. To find out more about Earth Day visit these sites about its history, annual events and ideas on how to get involved:
Other websites that offer more sustainable ideas for your home or tout green hotels, vacations or destinations include:
- www.Orbitz.com www.EnvironmentallyFriendlyHotels.com
U.S. Department of Homeland Security – United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Online Case Status – Check your pending USCIS applications online (requires receipt number).
Appointment Scheduling Service http://www.usabal.com/links/infopass.html
- http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=967 19c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=96719c7755cb9010VgnVCM1000004 5f3d6a1RCRD
Export Shipment Identification Requirement for U.S. Citizens- Effective December 3, 2009
- http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=102767.00.html Federal immigration statutes and regulations
- http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=027 29c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=02729c7755cb9010VgnVCM1000004 5f3d6a1RCRD
- http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=b66 29c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=b6629c7755cb9010VgnVCM1000004 5f3d6a1RCRD
Forms & Fees
- http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=db0 29c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=db029c7755cb9010VgnVCM1000004 5f3d6a1RCRD
Naturalization Information (General)
- http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=ce2b 2cd1f7e9e010VgnVCM1000000ecd190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=96719c7755cb9010VgnVCM10000045 f3d6a1RCRD
USCIS Field Offices
- http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=52a 46c854523d010VgnVCM10000048f3d6a1RCRD&vgnextchannel=52a46c854523d010VgnVCM100000 48f3d6a1RCRD Search the USCIS web site http://www.uscis.gov/uscis-ext-templating/uscis/jspoverride/SearchFrameset.jsp?adv=1
U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Bureau of Customs & Border Protection (CBP) http://cbp.customs.gov/
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Bureau of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) http://www.ice.gov/
- Special Registration Information http://www.ice.gov/exec/404.asp?404;http://www.ice.gov/graphics/specialregistration/index.htm
- U.S. Labor Department — Employment & Training Administration http://www.doleta.gov/
- Dictionary of Occupational Titles http://www.oalj.dol.gov/libdot.htm
Foreign Labor Certification Program http://www.workforcesecurity.doleta.gov/foreign/ Processing Dates for Labor Certification Applications http://www.ows.doleta.gov/foreign/times.asp
Regional and Local Office Information U.S. Department of State http://www.state.gov/
Visa Bulletin — Immigrant Numbers For Next Month http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/bulletin/bulletin_1360.html
Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/
Visa Services http://travel.state.gov/visa/visa_1750.html
U.S. Embassies and Other Diplomatic Missions http://usembassy.state.gov/
Diversity Visa Program http://travel.state.gov/visa/immigrants/types/types_1322.html
Visa Fees and Reciprocity Tables http://travel.state.gov/visa/frvi/fees/fees_1341.html
Travel Warnings http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_1168.html
9 Foreign Affairs Manual (Visas) http://www.state.gov/m/a/dir/regs/fam/c22167.htm
Social Security Administration http://www.ssa.gov/
Social Security Card Application Procedures in the US (Immigrant and Nonimmigrant) http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10002.html
Special Social Security Card Processing Abroad for Immigrant Visa Recipients http://www.socialsecurity.gov/immigration/
Organizations ACLU — Immigrants’ Rights http://www.aclu.org/404/index.php American Immigration Law Foundation http://www.ailf.org/ National Immigration Forum http://www.immigrationfor